Sacramento German Genealogy Society
Willkommen!
to the Home of the
Der Blumenbaum
Journal
 


Enjoy the holiday season while looking forward to
exciting, innovative SGGS programs
and events that begin again in January!
 


Next Meeting: January 23

Finding Dirk:
Insanity in the
19th Century
 
presented by
Jill Morelli, CG
  Jill Morelli, CG
 
Click here for more information


What's New?

  • Christkindlmarkt – Photos from the this year's Christkindlmarkt event at the Turn Verein are posted in the members-only photo archive page.
  • It is Not Too Late! – Didn't attend the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference in July? Leftover syllabus books can be purchased while the supply lasts. You can also purchase audio recordings of presentations from the vendor.
  • SGGS Meeting Handouts & Videos – Beginning with the Sept. 26 meeting, presentation handouts and videos appear on a separate meeting page in the members-only section of this website. The meeting page will remain posted for a month following its posting date. The Oct. 21 program is currently posted.
  • 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference (July 28 - 30, 2017 in Minneapolis) – The very first international conference of the International German Genealogy Partnership was a huge success. Attendence of 700 exceeded expectations. In 2019, tha conference will take place in the Sacramento area, hosted by your very own SGGS with a lot of help from the other IGGP member societies. Over 850 photos of the conference were taken with the best posted on the IGGP page on this website. A short 9-minute video from the SGGS Aug. 22nd meeting is also posted.


GIACR Project

 
"This series is one of the most important, most professional, immigrant identification databases published in the last 100 years."
Publisher Lewis Bunker Rohrbach
Since 2005, Dr. Roger Minert and his group at Brigham Young University have been transcribing, indexing and publishing German-American church records in a series of volumes called German Immigrants in American Church Records [GIACR]. A current list is presented below
 
This table will be updated as new volumes become available.
On the shelf
at the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Available for purchase
and soon to be provided by
SGGS to the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Future Volumes
Vol. 1: Indiana
Vol. 2: Wisconsin Northwest
Vol. 3: Wisconsin Northeast
Vol. 4: Wisconsin Southwest
Vol. 5: Wisconsin Southeast
Vol. 6: Nebraska
Vol. 7: Iowa West
Vol. 8: Iowa Northeast
Vol. 9: Iowa Southeast
Vol. 10: Illinois North
Vol. 11: Illinois, Cook County
              and Chicago
Vol. 12: Illinois Central
Vol. 13: Illinois South
Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair 
             County
Vol. 15: Michigan, excluding
              Detroit
Vol. 16: Detroit, Part I
Vol. 17: Detroit, Part II
Vol. 18: Minnesota, North &
             South Dakota
Vol. 19: Missouri (excluding St. Louis city & county)
Received by SGGS on 2 Feb 2017 and will soon be provded to the FamilySearch Library on Eastern Ave.
 
Vol. 20: Missouri
Expected late Summer 2017:
 
Vol. 21 & 22: St. Louis City & County
 
This project has been funded by Brigham Young University and some private donors. Unfortunately, said funding has lapsed beginning 2016. So last year SGGS provided a donation to help sustain their 2016 operation and appealed to readers of Der Blumenbaum to do the same. Click here to view a thank-you from the project staff. As volumes became available, SGGS has been purchasing one of each for the Sacramento FamilySearch Library (on Eastern Ave).
 
For SGGS members, more information can be found on page 11 of your July 2015 issue of Der Blumenbaum. But the donation instructions in that article turned out to be incorrect. If you would like to make a personal donation to this project, mail a check payable to "Religious Education BYU" to the following address. Be sure to also mention you're donating to the GIARC project.
Prof. Roger P. Minert
270K JSB BYU
Provo, UT 84602-5669
 
Some GIACR volumes are sold by SGGS at its meetings. Online sources follow.
 
Click here for a list posted on GRT Publications.
 
Click here for Family Roots Publishing (expected to be the new supplier).
 
posted Oct 2016, rev 20 Nov 2017 rh


Interested in Helping SGGS?

Click here to visit the volunteer opportunities page.
 
Click here to visit the organizational structure page.


The current ‚ÄčDer Blumenbaum issue is Volume 35, Number 2 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2017).
 
 
Click on the image
to display its
table of contents.
 
 


Upcoming Events
Dec 24
Heiligabend (Christmas Eve)
December 24th begins as a regular workday. But by 2:00 pm, often even earlier, businesses close in preparation for the holiday celebration, a large part of which occurs on Christmas Eve in Germany.  The traditional evening meal includes carp and potato salad. Families sing Christmas carols together and may read the story of Christ's birth aloud.  Family members exchange gifts. The tradition of opening gifts on Heiligabend was started by Martin Luther in the 16th century in favor of a celebration than honored Christ rather than a Catholic saint. 
Dec 25
Weihnachten
In preparation for Christmas, an Advent calendar is set up four Sundays before Christmas, and on December 6 the Weihnachtsmann (St. Nikolaus) arrives to fill children’s shoes. On Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) the Bescherung (exchanging of gifts) takes place. A big meal is served on Christmas day.
Jan 1
Neujahr (New Years Day)
Winter celebrations have been common for thousands of years in Europe, tracing back to the need to entice the sun back to the earth during the long winters of the northern hemisphere. Until around 143 BCE, the ancient Roman New Year was celebrated on March 1 in the area that is now Germany.